Around the House

Flipping a House is Hard Work!

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My husband and I love to see big things happen in sad houses. We’re working in our third house (outside of the one we live in) and it keeps us young (or makes us old). I’m not sure which. He’s the rough-in guy who comes up with the BIG ideas and does the hard work of tearing things up, building walls, installing cabinets, building stairs, etc. He does all the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and gas work, too. Even with a bad ankle and torn up finger. I’m the finish person: painting, setting tile, a little useful decor, cleaning up, etc.

Watching the Cows Come Home

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Last year, the farmer across the road from our subdivision kept cows. I liked to watch the cows grazing in the field. At certain times of the day, they would parade toward the barn. But this year, there are no cows. I can’t watch the cows come home. I think it’s the increased prices in grains. It’s more expensive to keep cows this year. Of course, the meat sells for more, too. I wish I knew the finer points of bovine economics.

Kitty in a Box

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After nearly 39 years of marriage, my husband and I no longer have a cat. We had three over the course of those years, and they were all well-loved by us and the kids. We lost the last one last summer. So now we enjoy the antics of our “Grandkitty?” Is that a thing? She’s kind of a hoot and it’s fun to enjoy her without having to clean the hair and litter box! 🙂 Are you attached to any pets?

Road Conditions vs. Driveway Conditions

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Sometimes rural living can be a challenge. When it snows, most people shovel their driveway in order to get their vehicle out. But what if your “driveway” is over 200 feet long? It’s an excellent excuse to stay home and write. Snow day!

Our Tree Got a Haircut

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Our tree became a little overgrown in the past years. A tree-trimmer happened by last month and offered to give it a much-needed trim. In translation, that meant, A BUZZ! Hopefully we’ll have some great rain this spring to start this poor tree to a more symmetrical look!

Aquarium Life

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I enjoy watching fish and other aquarium life. It relaxes me, provides wonder, and beauty. But it is also a HUGE commitment of time. Feeding is no big deal, but the partial water changes and cleaning the surfaces once a week is tiresome after a while. The filter itself has to be cleaned at least once a month too. So. Be ready for that. It doesn’t take long, but still. This month I’ve neglected my two tanks terribly due to business and having an illness. So, when I hear the gurgling which tells me it’s been too long, I have

A blooming surprise!

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My orchid has surprised me this month by blooming early! It was a Mother’s Day gift, and I’m excited to see it blooming for the third year! Hoping last year’s azalea will make a strong comeback, too!

Majestic Pampas Grass

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I like to leave the pampas grass uncut through the winter. Among the dormant trees and lifeless grass, it stands proudly to remind me of the life-filled summer months. I enjoying sitting outside on one of winter’s odd 50-degree days to watch the stalks and plumes sway in the breeze.

Tea Time, anyone?

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Cold winter nights (and days) call for a well-stocked tea drawer. I drink tea pretty much all day. In the summer, my fave is a fruity iced tea. But this time of year, I have a little bit of everything. Nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea! What’s your go-to beverage?

Chowing Down

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It was about this time last year that I watched a hawk chowing down on his lunch. I’ve seen hawks flying this year, looking for prey, but I haven’t seen them catch anything. I wonder if the voles are gone from behind our lot.